Let’s play a game of pretend. What if you had to be a middle or high schooler today? Before you start screaming, “No! Never again!” think on it. Would you be the type who loves gym class and plays all the sports? Or, would you do everything possible to avoid making a sweaty appearance in your next class? If you answered “the second one” (and oh, me too!), then you’d be the ideal student for The FitWit Foundation, an Atlanta nonprofit that uses its after-school club to create communities of healthier, more confident kids. (Disclosure: WellATL’s publisher Josh Guerrieri is vice president of the FitWit Foundation.) WellATL chatted with The FitWit Foundation’s Executive and Program Director Megan Gilroy for this week’s Friday Five. Read more >>
I was at Trader Joe’s earlier today and ran across these cool things: kale sprouts, also called kalettes. Whole Foods carries them as well. I love finding new things that are both simple and delicious. They’re tasty like brussels sprouts but super nutritious like kale. All I had to do it wash them and add some oil, salt, and pepper! Perfect! I didn’t even cut them in half or cut the steams off like I do with brussels sprouts — maybe I should have, but then they wouldn’t have been as simple to make, and tonight I needed quick and simple.
You’re just three ingredients and 25 minutes from this deliciousness. >>
When Whitney Jaye moved from Virginia-Highland (an area so into fitness that, she says, “you might get run over by a group of runners anytime you’re walking down the sidewalk”) to West End, she was shocked by the lack of health resources near her new home. “It is night and day in terms of how engrained fitness, wellness, and health are in the community,” she says. “And it’s odd to me because here in West End, we have a high concentration of urban farms and community gardens, four vegan restaurants, and a general awareness of health and wellness, but no access to group fitness instruction or food literacy and education.” Jaye was inspired to fill that void and the idea for Westside Fit Club was born. This Saturday, that idea finally becomes reality as the organization hosts its official kickoff event. Fit Club’s mission and plan >>
Alrighty, mamas. I’ll bet your kids are all up to date on their wellness checks, but when was the last time YOU had a physical? You know, that thing where you go to the doctor when you are completely healthy just to make sure you stay that way? What about the dentist? Eye doc? My guess is that there are not a lot of moms who take care of themselves with the same dedication they have for their children. (And if there are, could y’all help me out?) So many appointments, so little time >>
There are enough studies out there extolling the health benefits of wine to make you think it’s a straight-up health food. For a few days, there was even a spate of overly enthusiastic internet headlines claiming that sitting on your ass and drinking red wine could be just as good for you as going to the gym: “OMFG: Science Says a Glass of Red Wine May Be Equivalent to an Hour at the Gym” (which got an unsurprising 588,000 Facebook Likes) and “Red Wine May Be as Good for You as Exercise, Says the Best News EVER.” Sadly, the results of that study were taken slightly out of context, and by that, we mean that the actual participants were rats, not humans, which seems, you know, important, right? Even with the rats, the researchers’ conclusion was that combining red wine with exercise could “augment the beneficial effects of exercise alone.” That means you still have to exercise. Sorry, not sorry.
The truth about drinking wine >>
There’s something for everyone in this week’s events. Wrap up January by learning some organic farming techniques, picking up some new healthy cooking tips, hitting a scenic trail, or stuffing your face with Krispy Kreme doughnuts and then attempting to run them off (hate to say it, but it’s going to take more than 5K).
Happy Monday, WellATLers! This week’s free, trainer-designed workout is simple but will give your arms, glutes, legs, and core a push in the right direction. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, don’t forget to record your results in our workout tracking software, Logsitall (sign up here for free) so that you can track your progress and see how you improve over time.
Last week, we introduced you to Kathleen, who is embarking on a one-year mission to turn her health around through regular exercise and healthy eating. The beginning of a journey like this one is often the toughest part, so we were stoked when her latest progress report showed that she is absolutely crushing it on the fitness front. Here’s what she’s been up to so far: “Y’all!!!!! I’ve done 12 workouts and I’m still alive! That’s proof that all it takes is the first step to get going. I’ve done a few things to keep myself motivated and ensure I keep up with it and complete the workouts with the zest and gusto I started with. You get a gold star! >>
I love that word is finally starting to get out about bone broth — and for good reason. It’s so good for us. It is not only a super health food that can help heal your gut, it also can help joints, improve digestion, strengthen your immune system… and did I mention that it may also combat wrinkles, cellulite, and weight gain? Bone broth anyone? DIY instructions (and purchasing options if you’re short on time) >>